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In Wake of Gosnell Trial, Committee Leaders Examine How States Monitor and Regulate Abortion Clinics and Protect Women’s Health

Committee Seeks Answers on States’ Efforts to Ensure Health and Safety of Women and Babies

WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday sent a letter to public health officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to examine how each state regulates and monitors abortion clinics and protects the health and safety of women. The trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell raises troubling questions about the practices of abortion clinics, and whether state health departments are appropriately monitoring these facilities. For example, the Pennsylvania District Attorney investigating Dr. Gosnell found that the Pennsylvania Department of Health deliberately chose not to enforce patient safety laws at abortion clinics — laws designed to ensure women have the same safeguards as patients of other medical providers. In fact, the report states that nail salons are more closely monitored.

Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) stated,

“Planned Parenthood called Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’ an ‘outlier,’ but we’re learning Gosnell is not an aberration: approached by women who complained about the disgusting conditions at Gosnell’s facility, they didn’t report it. When the Pennsylvania Department of Health found out about Gosnell they sat on their hands and the media was silent. Now we’re discovering that other big abortion businesses refuse to give medical treatment to babies who survive botched abortions and we’re finding out the truth from former pro-choice nurses who called their own Gosnell-like clinics ‘ridiculously unsafe’ where ‘meat-market style of assembly-line abortions’ happen. Oversight and enforcement are desperately needed so we can help stop these Gosnell scenarios from continuing.”

Health Subcommittee Chairman Pitts added, “The trial of Kermit Gosnell has revealed a clinic with conditions straight out of a horror movie. Because oversight of such clinics was virtually non-existent, Gosnell was able to operate dangerously and illegally for years. Other states should be aware of what happened in Pennsylvania and should take strong measures to protect women’s health. We hope that our letter will prompt authorities to take responsible steps to monitor all health care facilities.”

In the letter to the state health officials, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (R-TX), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), Oversight and Investigations Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), and Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations and Health Subcommittees Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) requested state officials provide details on state licensing of abortion clinics and providers, information on revoked licenses, state inspections of clinics, whether states monitor complaints or adverse health events related to the procedures, disciplinary action, and rules and regulations on facilities and providers. The committee leaders set a May 22, 2013, deadline for the states to respond.

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Randy Parker
9 years ago

Our scientist and other interested peoples search for the tiniest 1 celled algae or an indication that there could be conditions codusive to life on other planets.These so called life searchers completely ignor the life that is in the womb of thousands of women,that is being cut to pieces and flushed down the toilet.What have we become?

9 years ago

This is exactly why the mainstream media simply REFUSED to cover the trial – they are terrified that there are a lot more houses of horrors out there which might give the fetus-slaughter industry a bad name.

Sherry Dixon
9 years ago

A fetus is a baby, not a cat ,dog or turtle.Abortion is murderof the life of a human. Someone stop Roe vs Wade!

Dixie Miller
9 years ago

It’s about money and power not lives. Gosnell is a psychotic murderer and does it legally; or so it seems. It needs to go back to when abortions were actually done in a hospital by a physician and only up thru the first six weeks. And really I think they shouldn’t be done unless the baby or the mothers life is at stake or in the case when the mother has other health issues including addiction. Life is a gift for heavens sake and if you believe in God you are killing a gift that even if you don’t want, someone else probably will. Put your baby up for adoption.

9 years ago
Reply to  Dixie Miller

This is what happens with the sexual promiscuity that runs rampant these days. And dangerous laws that allow the morning after pill to be administered as OTC drugs to 15 year olds do not help. 15 year olds should not be having sex and getting pregnant. I know that is not going to happen, but it is the way it should be. There would be no need for abortionists if women who did not want to be pregnant did not allow themselves to let it happen.

I do believe in abortion for women who have been raped. That is the only time I can see that it should be allowed. Otherwise, keep your legs closed and you won’t get pregnant to begin with. Or make sure that you are in charge of your own birth control. Counting on a man and his condom is stupid.

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